Check it out – the show highlighted in Whiteout just got covered in the New York Times!
Bowls haven’t changed in any important way since the Song dynasty. In fact, they haven’t changed much since the Neolithic era, between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago, when people first began making receptacles by hollowing out wood and stone or molding and baking clay.
Before the bowl, cupped hands and folded leaves brought water to the lips. The new containers offered a place to hold the materials of community and ritual: food for sharing, incense for burning, water for irrigation, wine for sacrament, alms for the poor.
And yet, “we don’t talk about the bowl because it’s completely this everyday thing,” said Namita Gupta Wiggers, director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Ore. “We take it for granted. We know it too well.”
So interesting, though, that this story was featured in Home and Garden – not Arts and Culture….